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What are some rulings by the Marshall Supreme Court that bolstered the authority of the federal government?

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Let us look at three rulings by the Marshall Court that increased federal authority.

  • McCulloch v. Maryland.  This case greatly expanded the power of Congress by interpreting the Constitution broadly.  It allowed Congress to use the “elastic clause” to do things not specifically allowed by the Constitution.
  • Fletcher v. Peck.  This case said that state laws were invalid when they came into conflict with the Constitution.
  • Gibbons v. Ogden.  In this case, the Court gave the federal government the sole power to regulate any trade between the states. 

By making these decisions, the Marshall Court increased the power of the federal government.


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